Tuesday, February 7, 2023

‘We can’t afford to’: CEO concedes reported Liverpool interest could force him to sell ‘wonderful’ player

‘We can’t afford to’: CEO concedes reported Liverpool interest could force him to sell ‘wonderful’ player

The CEO of Borussia Dortmund has detailed their plans for Jude Bellingham and any potential move after the World Cup. Liverpool are keenly interested.

Hans-Joachim Watzke, the CEO of Borussia Dortmund, confirms that there are intentions to speak with Jude Bellingham after the World Cup. The club must determine how to deal with the player, as the majority of Europe’s top teams plan a transfer in 2023.

Watzke acknowledges that Dortmund will support Bellingham’s exit if he desires to do so.

“I think as soon as the World Cup is over, we’ll have a basic conversation about what he would actually like to do,” he told Bild. “[We’ll discuss it] with him, with his parents, with whom we have a very close relationship and of course with his advisor.

“And then he should simply say whether he wants to stay or whether he wants to go. Either way, we’ll discuss it pleasantly and reasonably.

“But when the big ones in Europe are there, we can’t afford to fight financially. If Jude and his family say they want to stay at Dortmund, we’ll find a solution, and if not, we’ll also find a solution.

“Jude is a wonderful boy. He is certainly one of the greatest talents in European football.”

Jude Bellingham transfer after the World Cup

The Athletic reports that Liverpool has a keen interest in Bellingham. The Reds’ intention to sign the midfielder is hardly a secret, so this revelation should not come as a surprise.

Watzke is correct, however. Bellingham may decide to remain with Dortmund for a further year or two. Given that he is only 19, there is no pressing need to move him from the club where he is flourishing.

At the same time, he has the chance to make a massive transfer and become a vital player at one of the top clubs in the world. Perhaps it is Liverpool, perhaps it is Manchester City, or perhaps it is Real Madrid.

It is crucial for the majority to seize opportunities when they arise. A severe injury or a season of poor performance will completely remove it from your control.

‘We can’t afford to’: CEO concedes reported Liverpool interest could force him to sell ‘wonderful’ player

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